AC Milan reject chance to re-sign Beckham after midfielder set his heart on Italian job
08:21 GMT, 16 January 2013
10:05 GMT, 16 January 2013
David Beckham had set his sights on
ending his glittering career with AC Milan but the Serie A giants turned down the chance to sign the veteran midfielder for a third time.
The 37-year-old had been expected to reveal
his next move on Tuesday amid interest from 12 clubs in England,
Europe, China, Australia and the Middle East.
But Beckham's dream was an Italian swansong and his representatives approached the Rossoneri about a third spell at the San Siro, according to reports in Italy.
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Sky Italia claimed on Wednesday Milan had turned down the chance to re-sign Beckham despite Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reporting the Serie A club were still considering the proposal.
Beckham played for Milan on loan from LA Galaxy in 2009 and 2010, taking advantage of the MLS close season from January to June.
The fomrer England captain finished his career in America in June, winning the MLS Cup last year in his final match for the LA Galaxy.
Monaco ended their interest in signing Beckham after the French Second Division side balked at his excessive wage demands.
San hero: Beckham has already enjoyed two successful spells in Milan
West Ham and QPR had also expressed interest in Beckham and he has moved his family into a 20milllion mansion in south London.
he is likely to snub both offers given the clubs' current predicament
in the Premier League and the fact he has said he could never play for
another English team after Manchester United.
Saint-Germain would be attractive to Beckham given their involvement in
the Champions League and his close links to director Leonardo, whom the
midfielder worked with at AC Milan.
club Anzhi Makhachkala are also interested in signing the former Real
Madrid man, with other options including big-money moves to China or
Australia, as Didier Drogba and Alessandro Del Piero have done in recent